Good Powders for 40 S&W

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  1. mikea5232

    mikea5232 New Member

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    What is a good powder for the 40 s&w I picked up myself a XDM today and now i need some powder.
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    Shellback New Member

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    I reload 40SW I use 5.4 gr universal clays 165 gr JHP. It is a good clean powder. I have asked the same question you have and got limited replys. I really like this powder because I use it for 12 gauge loads. I have limited expereince with others though. I started out using 4.8 grains of universal and worked up. 5.4 seems to be the load I prefer, hope this helps...
    Tim
  3. Haligan

    Haligan Well-Known Member

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    Unique is good.
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    DWARREN123 New Member

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    I have tried a few, mostly Hodgdon brands and have settled on Longshot. I like 165gr and 180gr bullets and can use 7.5gr of Longshot for both weights and get good, clean, accurate bullets with good velocity.
    I like Longshot because the velocity and pressures are very good.
  5. mikea5232

    mikea5232 New Member

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    thanks alot for the info. i have unique so i will try that.
  6. SDefender

    SDefender New Member

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    The following is out of a Glock 27, 3.5" barrel with the chrono start sensor @ 10 feet. Used 7.6 grains of Longshot and CCI primers. 7.8 gave me slightly greater velocity (1077), but the SD, 95% and ES doubled. Also tried Federal, Winchester and Remington primers, with Remington giving me 100 FPS greater velocity, but need to retest the Remington primers. The recoil I considered in the moderate-plus range.

    Longshot is my chosen HP/SD powder in .40 S&W. In .45 auto it is AA #5.

    String 42 Zero 165 JHP .40 / 1.125" COAL Power Factor= 176 7.6 grains Longshot
    E.S.: 19
    Ave.: 1068.3
    S.D.: 6.2
    95%: 7.1
  7. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    I use 5.5 grains of Accurate #5 pushing a 180 grain bullet. A little on the mild side but it shoots good.

    EDIT: I have also used Accurate #7 and Titegroup, also. All seem to work fine
    Last edited: May 15, 2009
  8. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

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    Power pistol was developed specifically for the 40 and that is what I use. I use a 155 gr bullet over 8.0 gr of PP. It gives me great accuracy.
  9. bobkreeger

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    Unique, Power Pistol, Accurate #5. All are good in .40 S&W:)
  10. techoca

    techoca New Member

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    1+ to gmoody's load. That is what I load for my M&P 40. It is a great target load.

    techoca
  11. scotdj2

    scotdj2 New Member

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    I use 4.8gr. of tightgroup in a 165gr.jrn in both XD & XDM. works real good.
    measures real well and go's a long way.
  12. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    BULLSEYE.... good for just about everything from .25 to .45
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    Depending on what bullet, weight and use I'm loading for, my three most common choices are SR7625, Blue Dot and Bullseye.
  14. Bruce FLinch

    Bruce FLinch New Member

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    50,000 rounds of .40 using W231 can't be wrong!
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